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Juneteenth celebrates abolition of slavery

Posted July 7, 2017 by

WASHINGTON — “Juneteenth, the annual observance commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery, represents what is possible,” Navy Vice Adm. Kevin Scott said at a Pentagon ceremony today. “I am three generations removed from slavery in the state of Virginia, and so when I think about Juneteenth, I think what it…

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my…

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My brat makes me proud

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. ­— Parents worry; it’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open…

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The Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live a childfree lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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‘Taps,’ somber, yet poetic

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Lisa Smith Molinari

One evening in 1981 while I was at summer camp, I took a deep breath and blew a little too hard on the bugle’s mouthpiece. The counselor who played Taps each night to signal “lights out” to the campers had agreed to let me be the substitute bugler that evening. Using only one semester of…

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New beginnings

Posted May 19, 2017 by Chaplain (Maj.) Thad Todd

For many of us, the month of May contains the day we have long awaited — graduation. This important milestone could be a personal achievement or we could be celebrating with a family member or loved one.  Though graduation seems like the end, it is actually a new beginning. For a kindergartener, it is the beginning…

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Let’s have a cup of coffee

Posted May 5, 2017 by by Maj. Gregory Lewis

Editor’s note: Maj. Gregory Lewis is an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the Defense Technology Security Administration. Regardless of your profession, many of us have been in positions defining the required leadership and management qualifications as an expectation of our ability to execute our office. Like many things, no two are alike and not one…

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Women and men: different, but equal

Posted May 5, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Recently, while reading daily news and scrolling through social media news feeds, I could not avoid the headlines, posts and comments about the very recent developments concerning women’s issues. Major events are being recorded, both positive and negative, which may be read in news articles and school textbooks for years…

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A modern military marriage

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman Samantha Salopek

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, California­ — Six years and four months ago I married my husband. I was 19 years old and completely ignorant to the commitment I’d just made. Dual military marriages make up a little more than 11 percent of the Air Force population, and like many dual couples, we were stationed apart….

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MLK’s dream to end racism Airman’s reality

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman Ceaira Young

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. —i Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He called for an end to racism. Fast forward to now. When I wake up in…

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